2024 Student Research Conference:
37th Annual Student Research Conference

Gravitational Wave Predictions from Supermassive Black Hole Mergers in Cosmological Simulations

Thirtha Karmakar
Dr. Colin DeGraf, Faculty Mentor

Supermassive black holes are found at the center of galaxies, and play an important role in the evolution of galaxies. Since the first LIGO detection, gravitational waves (GW) have become an area of increasing interest, and with the upcoming LISA mission it is important to characterize the relationship between merging black hole properties and the gravitational wave signals we expect LISA to detect. In particular, by generating catalogs of simulated merger events and their associated gravitational wave signals, we can maximize our understanding of the LISA data and our ability to connect GW detections with the physical events which produced the signal. To do this, we consider a population of black hole mergers using the Illustris TNG Cosmological simulations, particularly TNG-300, investigating the connection between merger events and the resulting GW signal. 

Keywords: Black Hole, Mergers, Gravitational Waves, Cosmology, Simulations, LISA, Astronomy


Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 109-1
Location: MG 1096
Time: 9:15

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